Philippines preparing repatriation of remains of Filipinos from Afghanistan

20:20, October 14, 2010      

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The Philippine government on Thursday said it is preparing the repatriation of the remains of the six Filipinos who died in a cargo plane crash in Afghanistan Wednesday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it also instructed the Philippine Embassy in Pakistan, which has jurisdiction over Afghanistan, to coordinate with the employer of the fatalities for the entitlement of benefits to their dependents and to pay for the repatriation of the Filipinos' remains.

U.S.-based company operating the aircraft, National Air Cargo, said the plane was en route from the U.S Bagram Air Base to Kabul when it hit a mountain 20-30 km east of the capital. Also killed in the crash were an Indian and a Kenyan national.

The DFA said the identities of the Filipinos will be released once they are definitively determined and their next of kin informed.

Manila has no embassy in Afghanistan, making it difficult for the Philippine authorities to monitor the movement of Filipinos there.

The Philippines stopped sending workers to Afghanistan for the unstable security condition in the country.

Source: Xinhua


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